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Going the Extra Mile

Woody Allen was quoted as saying that “showing up is 80% of life”.  There are different variations of the quote but the meanings are similar.  It can be assumed that the other 20% is consumed with doing whatever it takes to stay under the radar.

As we start a new year of business we are grateful that this quote does not apply to the  contractors and suppliers who budget and plan our projects with us.

Over the course of a year a lot of planning and budgeting goes into projects that either we are not awarded or did not move past the initial stages.  Many of the projects we pursue are unique so this can be frustrating as weeks or months of planning implode when one of these jobs does not go forward.

Everybody we work with goes the extra mile when it comes to budgeting a project with us, even though they know there may be nothing specific in return.  The contractors and suppliers take conceptual designs and work with us to develop detailed project plans that we can submit with confidence knowing that we have all costs, scope and potential pitfalls identified to the best of our abilities.

All of us at Crown want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports us in our pursuit of projects through their time, knowledge and positive attitudes.

Owners and architects who ultimately work with Crown and our team of contractors and suppliers are rewarded with a well planned and successful project.

It is never too early to involve Crown Construction Contracting with a residential or commercial project.  We manage cost, schedule and quality from inception to completion.  Our experience is diverse and the contractors we work with are the best in the area.  Contact us at (219) 488-2400 or visit our Crown Point office.


What exactly are you paying for in a builder’s fee (OH&P) and general conditions?

Often, home builders and general contractors (as well as subcontractors) are questioned about “what is included in general conditions and contractors’ fees”, and perhaps, “why is it so expensive when I can just do the contracting myself?”  While this may seem like a valid question, there are many things included in these costs that are not so obvious to a homeowner.

What to expect in a general contractor or home builder’s fee (overhead and profit):

  • Contractors work for a profit…just as any other business. We offer free estimates in ALL cases, which cost us a lot of time, energy and money, and when we do not get a project, we do not collect a fee.
  • When we perform our services, we expect a payment for management of scheduling, assisting with material selections, maintaining ongoing daily communication with all parties (including subcontractors, architect, building officials (inspectors) and municipalities, and the client), managing and assuring the budget stays on track, as well as office and administrative costs.
  • A reputable general contractor will carry the proper insurance including general liability and worker’s compensation which is a hard cost and must be maintained to protect the client, ourselves and others working on the job. He will also ensure that all of the subcontractors on site are properly insured in both GL and WC, another form of protection to the client.
  • General conditions can include:
    • Salary for on-site supervision during your construction project.
    • Safety, barricades, protection, clean-up (including final cleaning), travel time, temporary toilets, dumpsters, temporary driveways, equipment rentals, jobsite trailers and storage containers, etc.

Many television shows have been deceitful to the public by touting ridiculously low and impossible costs of construction, as well as many that can be done DIY (and within days).  Please take a moment to ponder the thought, “if it looks to good to be true…it probably is”.

We love what we do here at Crown, and our goal is to make our clients happy and gain a referral for another project.  We are not in the business of ripping off our customers…we are here to do an important job that must be done right, or it may suffer terrible consequences in the future.  Some disastrous examples will be shared in our next blog article!

Amanda Regelin, Sr. Project Manager (Residential and Commercial Divisions)

Please feel free to contact us at info@crownbuilds.com or 219-488-2400 for more useful tips, and don’t forget to view our latest projects at http://crownconstructionin.houzz.com/ and